Traveller site but no to young bikers

As you are now aware, the initial planning application for the youth project motorcycle and BMX track in Langford has been declined by the planning authority. I now read with great interest of the efforts that the council has put in to help find or fund a

As you are now aware, the initial planning application for the youth project motorcycle and BMX track in Langford has been declined by the planning authority.

I now read with great interest of the efforts that the council has put in to help find or fund and plan additional permanent sites for the travelling community.

It would seem that all stops have been pulled out, including reports and consultations, for potential sites to be either utilised or purchased and developed by the council for this purpose.

It is even more fascinating that on the week that the planning for the youth project is declined, the council's proposal of locating one of the traveller sites in Langford becomes public knowledge.


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As project advisor to the MBMX youth project, I need to point out that at no stage of any of our processes were we offered assistance, land or consultation by the public servants who have put such a concise proposal together for our travelling community. When our group approached them for land, we were informed that there was nothing available and we would have to find it ourselves, furthermore everything we have done towards our project has been completed and funded by the group.

As Ken Lynch has already pointed out, we will continue with our plans to provide this facility in this area.

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We have support from a vast section of organisations and authorities for a project that virtually everyone can see as something which has been needed for years and would be a worthy facility to both the community and its children.

It saddens me deeply to see the efforts and finances which can be produced for certain issues, while simple, worthy and needed facilities are ignored and unsupported.

IAN WILSON, Knolls Way, Clifton

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